If I’d researched more thoroughly, I might not have read Dervla Murphy’sTales From Two Cities and that would have been my loss. Having previously enjoyed A Winter in Baltistan, I was expecting a travel book and had been looking forward to seeing two places I know (Bradford, fleetingly and Birmingham, in depth) through the eyes of another.
As soon as my copy arrived, I realised this was a different kind of book. Murphy called it ‘Travels of another sort’, which offers a flavour of what follows.
Again, poor research, I’d thought she’d spent time in Bradford and Birmingham after the riots in the mid eighties, but Murphy has a far better nose for a story than that. She was already living in Bradford when the battle for Drummond School happened and she provides a breathtaking…
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